Staff & Board Members

Board and Staff Composition

The Board and volunteers of the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland represent a great variety of employment fields, academic majors, and interests. The diversity of the Board of Directors, volunteers and staff reflects that of our community. The Board members range in age from the 20s to the 90s, with many religions and most ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups represented. This diversity in all areas is reflected in our volunteer and staff groups as well.

Cherisse Baatin
Joanne Chadwick
Marilyn Cleveland, Treasurer
Vera Ferris
Marilyn Wright Ford
Kate Earle Funk, Recording Secretary
Susan Giesecke
Mary Huang
Angela Jackson-Castain
Denise Jeffrey
Karen Jeffrey-Anthony, Corresponding Secretary
Laura Kirkwood
Yukiko Grace Kobayashi
Michele LeProhn
Treacy Malloy
Judy Martin
Kathryn McCarthy
Mary Stewart McCosker, President
Sarah Knox Miyazaki
Linda Oliver
Noni Ramos
Mary Remy
Lani Ingham Shepp
Leslie Veen
Dawn Weinstein, Vice President
Jennifer Meux White
Jacqueline Woods
Irene Wu


The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland staff is hard working, well educated and extremely committed to social service and the goals outlined in our mission. Each staff member is uniquely qualified for their position and all of our programs benefit from the diversity of our staff.

Allison Darko – Head Administrative Assistant
Jenny DeRuntz – Executive Director
Maria Guillen – Program Director Dance & Fitness; Financial Literacy
Jana Hiraga – Program Director Youth Development
Claire Marchiano – Career Counselor
Eleanor Margulis – Program Director English In Action
Eileen Ollivier – Program Director Community Programs
Ana Rivas – Housekeeper
Ariel Starr – Program Director Girls Group Mentoring Program
Nina Thompson – Accounts Manager
Felix Tsai – Caretaker